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Question 14.3:
What is Zionism?


Zionism is the modern expression of the 1,900 year old dream of rebuilding a Jewish state in Israel, after Rome put an end to Jewish independence in the Land of Israel. It expresses the conviction that the Jewish people have the right to freedom and political independence in its homeland.

Political Zionism is the ongoing effort, through political means, to develop and secure the Jewish people's national existence in the Land of Israel.

Zionism recognizes that Jewish peoplehood is characterized by certain common values relating to religion, culture, language, history and basic ideals and aspirations, although secular and religious Zionists emphasize these aspects differently.

Additional information may be found in the Zionism Reading List, available at

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